Masson Blow, former Cal Poly wrestler, pleads no contest in deadly April crash

A former Cal Poly wrestler pleaded no contest this week to charges of vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving causing bodily injury in a crash on Highway 41 in April that killed two people.

Masson Blow, 19, will be sentenced Jan. 19 in Judge Dodie Harman’s courtroom. He faces up to seven years and four months in prison. Blow’s attorney, Matt Guerrero, said Thursday that he’ll request probation and no jail time for his client, citing a lack of malfeasance.

A no-contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.

Blow was driving too fast in a Volkswagen Passat on Highway 41 East two miles south of the San Luis Obispo-Kern county line when he lost control of his car and crossed into the oncoming lane, according to the CHP.

His car collided head-on with a Honda Civic driven by Ashleigh Vermillion, 21, of Visalia. She and passenger David Treen Jr., 30, were killed in the crash. The victims' infant daughter, Jenna Vermillion, survived but suffered major injuries, according to the CHP.

Blow was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to tests conducted after the wreck, Guerrero said. Guerrero said Blow is now attending a community college and no longer is on the wrestling team at Cal Poly.